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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Aayush, a fresh engineering graduate, realizes that idling, snoozing, internet addiction and motorcycle spins don't really qualify as skills to build a successful career. Goaded by parents, trounced by top-achieving buddies and encouraged by stray incidents, Aayush takes a plunge into the dog-eat-dog rat race called CAT - a nationwide, competitive test to make it to the to ...more
Paperback, First Editon, 160 pages
Published November 21st 2016 by Notion Press
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hriday Ram Shenoy's CAT Race was a book I read in 1 day and that speaks to the quality of writing! Ayush's thoughts about "what next" is something all of us can relate to. We've all been there at some point and Hriday has narrated this journey of Ayush perfectly!
Anyone who has been to Manipal can relate instantly to how Hriday has so beautifully described it and that also talks about the author's ability to write in a language that transports you there without much effort.
I was also glad the b
Rajaram Kamath
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very well written book by first time author Hridayram Shenoy. A journey down memory lane for all Manipal alumni - tiger circle, kamath hotel, dollops, venugopal temple, end point, malpe beach and the likes! Story of typical CAT aspirants that many Indian MBAs will relate to. This Chetan Bhagat genre, written in simple but eloquent language, will likely be the script for a much delayed but deserved Bollywood flick set in Manipal.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gripping, feel good, breezy story. The story didn’t pace down or drag anywhere, unlike many other books that may slack, at the start or the middle or have an abrupt and distasteful ending, this book kept me engaged all along, which was a delight.

As the name suggests, the story is of an Engineering graduate (an student who was not placed), who had to decide on what next, in his life, and on finalizing that perceiving MBA and getting into one of the top business schools was the goal, and to reac
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“CAT RACE – The Rat Race Called Cat” Profound title and nothing else can do justice to the story of a boy named Ayush who is preparing for the entrance exam called CAT.
The author in a very simple and interesting way has brought about the contradictions between the comforts of an imaginative and creative world and the stark realities of life.
Ayush also faces the same struggle when he decides to prepare for the exam called CAT.
It’s a very good guide to all the students writing the exam. It deals
Priyanka Kiran
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I mostly judge a book by how unputdownable it is! This, I finished in one sitting; so, straight away added a point for that.
Another point for the language. No surprises there as I have read a lot of Hriday Ram Shenoy in FB reviews, letters, chats etc. Loved it so much that I have decided to read the book again just to savour the words! Its unlike how most Indian authors sound and yet has a lovely aamchi flavour to it.
Third point for the story. Here I was pleasantly surprised. I did not expect i
Ratheesh Pulickal
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Hriday's first novel CAT RACE is an enjoyable page-turner catering mainly to the Indian millennial readers. It was a quick, easy read and that was a welcome change for me after spending the last few months with some heavy non-fiction reading related to history, space science and philosophy. The plot, set in the quaint university town of Manipal, is something which every middle class Indian can relate to and hence evokes a sense of nostalgia for those who have gone through that confused phase in ...more
Chiththarthan Nagarajan
Hriday wrote the "How to prepare yourself for CAT exam" manual with the light romance in a foreground. He picked the right words for the right moments and he discussed the hardship and dilemma faced by the people who prepares for competitive exams like CAT.

Hriday reenacted a memories that are associated with the Manipal town without garbling the story-line.

PS People who want to learn about CAT exam and procedures read this book.

PSS People who want to reminiscence Manipal, do read it.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
CAT Race is a delightful and breezy read on the situations that a CAT aspirant faces. For a Manipal student, the added bonus is the beautiful memories this book is surely going to evoke in you the moment you open its pages. I, personally loved this story and would cherish the authors personally signed copy.

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Preethi Balge
Loved this book. Simple and entertaining. Manipal has been described so well, I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes the next sought after holiday destination. Looking forward to more books from this author :)
Well done Hriday Ram Shenoy!!
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We have all known people who have taken CAT or other entrance exams and we have all known an Aayush, Nakshatra or Hansmukh - the main characters in CAT Race. Yet the brilliance of this book is in keeping the reader engaged completely, till the epilogue.

Cat Race is wonderfully well-narrated book. The description of characters, events, scenery is refreshingly original with helpful doses of situational humour. The author's muse - Manipal, is described vividly and reminiscent of how Ruskin Bond des
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
CAT Race has a little bit of everything that you’d want from a book—romance, suspense, and a how-to guide to figuring out life’s quirky questions. It is also a tourist’s guide to the student town of Manipal to boot!
As you traverse through Aayush’s dilemmas, frustrations, and triumphs as he pursues his elusive CAT quest, you cannot help but turn the page to find out how he navigates yet another new hurdle. I, for one, especially enjoyed how, amidst all the drama, Aayush manages to discover and p
Shylaja Sreedharan
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Aayush's story is something everyone who has ever prepared for a competitive exam can relate to, even if it isnt CAT. And even more so with CAT. True to its title, the plot is centered around the trials and tribulations of aspirants and it doesnt deviate or distract. CAT Race is a short and simple story with Manipal as the background. For those who have lived or visited Manipal, the book would surely bring out fond memories. Any story is only as good as the ending, and this one pretty much nails ...more
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